Rugby

7:04 PM BST Saracens produced a powerful second half surge to reach their third Champions Cup final in four seasons by beating Munster 32-16 at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. The English champions edged a tight first half 12-9 thanks to four Owen Farrell penalties, with Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal kicking six points and Conor Murray
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3:39 AM BST Long-time teammate Bernard Foley says Israel Folau has hurt the NSW Waratahs but isn’t a bad guy. The superstar back was stood down by the NSW Rugby Union last Friday following the furore generated by his latest social media posting. He won’t play in Saturday’s crucial Super Rugby clash against Australian conference
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2:02 AM BST The panel for Israel Folau’s code of conduct hearing has been confirmed, with John West QC the chair. Rugby Australia’s Kate Eastman SC and Rugby Union Players’ Association representative John Boultbee AM are the other panellists as Folau fights to save his career. The three-time John Eales Medallist requested the hearing, expected
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11:45 AM BST Ireland captain Rory Best has announced he will retire from rugby after the World Cup in Japan later this year. Best, 36, has won 116 caps for Ireland since making his debut in 2005, leading his country to three Six Nations titles since replacing Paul O’ Connell. 2 Related The hooker has
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10:00 AM BST Wallabies vice-captain Will Genia has slammed international teammate Israel Folau and believes he’s played his final Test alongside the controversial star. Rugby Australia issued Folau a breach of contract notice following repeated homophobic social media posts, but the 30-year-old will fight for his career at a code of conduct hearing next week.
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2:54 AM BST All eyes have been on Israel Folau for the past two weeks after his controversial Instagram post. Stood down last Friday, the Waratahs will take to the field without the star fullback for the first time since his post went public and with the Australian Conference lead on the line, there’ll be
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12:39 PM BST Warren Whiteley resumes the captaincy of the Lions having been recalled after injury to face the Chiefs in FMG Stadium in Waikato on Friday. Whiteley returns after missing seven weeks having sustained a pectoralis major muscle tear in the match against the Stormers in Cape Town. He joined the Lions’ touring squad
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4:54 AM BST http://www.espn.com.au/rugby/story/_/id/26521226/israel-folau-prepared-exit-rugby-legal-fightVeteran halfback Nick Phipps has praised rugby bosses for acting quickly over the Israel Folau furore, admitting its been a distraction for the NSW Waratahs at a crucial time. Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Folau has been stood down and facing the sack after copping a breach notice from Rugby Australia over his
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6:57 PM BST Saracens have ‘formally warned’ England No. 8 Billy Vunipola over his social media activity after defending Israel Folau’s social media posts claiming “hell awaits” homosexuals. Vunipola was booed when he came off the bench for Saracens against Bristol in the Premiership at the weekend after liking Folau’s posts before defending the Australian’s
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